Swans on Navigation



Here are links to other organisations who have helped us. We are grateful for their support.



The Inland Waterways Association

This is a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a democratic organisation that campaigns locally and nationally on behalf of its members for all waterways users as well as actively supporting waterway restoration. IWA often undertakes national and local campaigns to work on specific issues that have or may in the future have a real impact on our inland waterways.



The Driffield Navigation Amenities Association

The Driffield Navigation Amenities Association is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to the restoration of the Driffield Canal system. They started to begin the restoration work in the year 1978. In the year 1996, the town lock was entirely restored by with the help of many volunteers and fundraisers. Whinhill Lock was rebuilt in the year 2005, and it was open for navigation. As the restoration work began, the priority was given to creating a flood relief channel which was built on the southern part of the lock so that it can carry all the excess water during rainy seasons. More funds were collected, and the final restoration work was done in the year 2009. New gates were installed, and finally, a boat entered the canal after 60 years.



Driffield Town Council

We are grateful for financial assistance from the Town Council. Its mission statement is below:

The Town Council works to protect, promote and progress the economic, environmental, social and cultural wellbeing of the people of Driffield and Little Driffield.

We work in partnership with various agencies to fulfil our aims, including the ERYC and voluntary and professional organisations. The Town Council works hard to ensure that the town and its inhabitants receive the best possible service from the ERYC and often provides a vital link between the people and the officers. The council is funded by the precept, an amount included in the council tax paid to the ERYC. The councillors are here to help all parishioners with queries and concerns.



Driffield History Society

The Society exists to promote all aspects of history to the people of Driffield and the surrounding area. It encourages the membership to explore local, national and world history, through regular social events, talks and visits to historical sites.

The meetings are at 7.15pm for 7.30pm on the second Thursday of every month (except August) at Cass Hall in Driffield (a former 18th century Baptist Chapel with its own historic graveyard), between King Street and Brook Street. The talks normally last two hours, concluding at 9.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £5 for non members.



Driffield and Wolds Weekly

The Driffield & Wolds Weekly is a local newspaper established in August 2015. It is run by a small, experienced team of local people with an extensive knowledge of the area and the people in the community. It reports on local news and events and features exclusive stories and profiles of local people and heroes. There is comprehensive coverage of all sports and interests. The newspaper works closely with all the local schools and is highly regarded within the local business community.



Great Driffield Radio

Great Driffield Radio is starting soon. It will be a radio station of appeal to everyone who lives and works in the market town and parish of Great Driffield and surrounding village communities. Everyone living or working in Great Driffield will find something for them on Great Driffield Radio. Dedicated and reliable volunteers are needed to assist with various parts of the radio station. Volunteering is a great way to contribute to the community in the Great Driffield area. Get in touch through their web site.



Driffield Art Club

Driffield Art Club currently has over 130 members from Driffield and the surrounding area within the East Riding. Members meet on the third Monday of every month except August at Westgarth Community Centre, Mill Street, Driffield.

Anyone with an interest in art, practising or not, is most welcome to come to a meeting as a visitor before joining the club. The meetings consist of demonstrations on a wide variety of styles and mediums, lectures on artists and developments in art, and the club endeavours to hold one meeting during the year when a practising artist appraises Driffield Art Club members’ work.

Driffield Art Club have a video camera, projector and large screen, together with a sound system to enable everyone to fully enjoy the demonstrations. More information on the Facebook page Facebook/Driffield Art Club



Arts Society Driffield Wolds

This Society brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Events provide welcoming places to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts. The members contribute to and preserve our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants. The aim is to create a better, healthier and more connected society. One lecture, on 18th June, 2020, was by Roger Butler about Canal History & Heritage. The venue was the Rugby Club, Kellythorpe, Driffield, YO25 9DW.

Schedule of upcoming events here.